Meditation works. When I was doing my graduate training at a well-known rehabilitation hospital, I watched in awe how many patients were taught meditation and how it accelerated their healing. Though I had personally done meditation from time to time in the past, it inspired me to incorporate it daily and the rewards have been abundant!
Meditation actually changes the brain. (Seriously!) Many studies have been done over the past few decades on how meditating for a mere 10 to 15 minutes a day can incorporate peace, tranquility, a sharper mind and body. It relaxes you, helps to get you more mindful and balanced. Doing meditation twice a day has added benefits.
It can help to jump-start your day with soothing relaxation, clarity and calmness. In the evening before sleep, it can calm your thoughts and reduce stress and anxiety.
All day long our mind is processing thoughts. You can learn (very quickly) how to release those thoughts and train your mind to relax and restore.
You do not need any props to do meditation. You just need a willingness to either sit comfortably or lie down and breathe! Closing your eyes and relaxing, focusing on your breath. As you are in your relaxed state, you can do some visual imagery.
Let go of unwanted thoughts, the busyness of the day, all that you did, didn’t do or needed to do and visualize those “busy” thoughts going into a box. Now close the lid and let them go!
As you walk away from the thoughts, imagine yourself in a peaceful, beautiful setting. Perhaps on a beach (my favorite!) or somewhere out in nature. Take it all in as if you are really there. Let your mind wander into tranquility. Listening to a guided meditation (you can get hundreds of them on youtube.com) can be very soothing and helpful to get you started. You can also listen to soothing music or sounds of nature. Anything to create that calm state.
I also like to recommend lavender essential oil. Place just a small drop right under your nose and take a few deep breaths before beginning your meditation. It can aid in your relaxation and smells delicious.
Some people turn to meditation before an exam, an important meeting, after a stressful day, dealing with a toxic person(s). Even though this is great thinking, it is wise to consider incorporating meditation as part of your daily routine whether you are having a great day or perhaps not your best day.
If you haven’t tried meditation, why not give it shot? It truly helps to improve the quality of life. If you already incorporate meditation daily, consider spending a few more moments each day in a state of calm. It has so many wonderful benefits. Why not get started right now?